My new Inspired Design Decisions series of articles and webinars for Smashing Members

I’ve written plenty of times before about how important it can be to look offline for inspiration to improve the things we make online. Last year, a few friends and I met in London for an inspiring visit to the Photographers Gallery.

No trip to The Smoke is complete without a stop at Magma, and I bought several new magazines. As I explained my inspiration addition, my friend Al Power suggested I write about why I find magazine design inspiring and how they influences my work.

That conversation sparked the idea for an article and webinar series on making inspired design decisions. Every month, I’ll choose a publication, discuss what makes its design distinctive, and how we might apply that distinctiveness to do better work for the web. As an enthusiastic user of HTML and CSS, I’ll also explain how to implement new ideas using the latest technologies; CSS Grid, Flexbox, and Shapes.

Inspired Design Decisions
Inspired Design Decisions

In the first edition of Inspired Design Decisions, I “Say hello to skinny columns,” a technique which adds one extra narrow column to an otherwise conventional column grid. I explain how to design with, then implement skinny columns using meaningful markup and efficient CSS. I also explain how to design using modular grids to fill your designs with energy.

Inspired Design Decisions
Inspired Design Decisions

Throughout this year, Inspired Design Decisions will:

Inspired Design Decisions
Inspired Design Decisions

Each month, there will be:

The first Inspired Design Decisions webinar will be held on Smashing TV today (9th April 2019). There will be a 45 minute talk, plus 30 minutes of Q&A. Save your seat here.

I’d like to say thanks again to Al Power for the inspiration, and to Smashing Magazine for making this Inspired Design Decisions series possible.


I’m available for hire to consult on and design products and websites. Based in North Wales, I travel regularly to work with clients world-wide.

Available from January 2020

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